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May 13, 1991
Francis Coquelin (born 13 May 1991) is a French professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Spanish club Valencia. He has also featured for Arsenal, Lorient, Freiburg and Charlton Athletic in his career.
Born in Laval, Mayenne, Coquelin began his career playing for AS Laval Bourny before departing in 2005 for the biggest club in the commune, Stade Lavallois. Coquelin spent three years at the club before being spotted by renowned Arsenal scout Gilles Grimandi, while on international duty, playing in a 2008 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship elite round qualification match against Israel.